I am extremely curious to know what degree of a speedup (or not) I could expect were I to upgrade to a more modern computer.
I currently have an old dual Athlon 1900+ MP system (two athlon32 1.6Ghz processors, SMP).
I had always previously held myself to the rule of only upgrading when I could get a new system that was at least 4 times as fast as my current one.
I am considering getting a Athlon64 X2 4200+ (2.2Ghz dual core) rig, but I am tearing my hair out trying to determine if it would really be worth the money or only marginally faster.
I have had my current system for over 3 years, so you would think that a modern system would be quite a bit faster… but the Ghz speed difference is minor. I know the newer athlon64s do more per clock, but the question is how much… If my new system only ends up being less than twice as fast, it wouldn’t be worth the money.
Does anyone have any thoughts or real world experienience in the magnitude of rendering speedup I could expect were I to take the plunge and upgrade?
I would really appreciate your comments on this matter. Thanks in advance!